Journalism Day at FIU 2014: A Day of Great Events

The Harbinger

By Vivian Bermudez

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the annual Florida Scholastic Press Association Day (Journalism Day) took place at the Florida International University (FIU). Journalism Day brings students journalists from all over District 6 – Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High, MAST, Columbus High School and our very own MLEC students to name a few – to learn about their jobs.

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Nintendo UK Says Pokemon Omega Ruby And Alpha Sapphire Pre-orders Are Higher Than X&Y

My Nintendo News

In a recent interview with trade publication MCV Nintendo UK marketing boss Shelly Pearce revealed that Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire pre-orders are higher than Pokemon X and Y. Pearce says she’s optimistic that the title will perform well in the UK charts and says it’s a pattern they’re seeing globally.

“Pre-orders for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
are doing really well at the moment. It is pre-ordering more
than X and Y, so we are quite optimistic about that one.”

“With X and Y, we reignited Pokémon fans that have been
playing for years. But we’ve brought in new people as well.
We will be talking to Nintendo fans for these games, but
also newcomers and all the kids we’ve been talking to
over the summer.”

“In terms of marketing support, this is getting a similar sized campaign to what we did on X and Y,” says Pearce. “And…

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Confessions of a FLVS Student

To hear the ring of my phone,

Knowing someone is calling me specifically for a cause,

Is a delight like no other, unless the call is from


It would be a blessing for her to haunt me in my dreams, rather than in real life.

Dread runs through my body from only a glimpse of her name on my brightly lit screen;

Dread runs through my body from hearing my parents complain about her phone calls to them.

There’s no escaping her; I give up and answer the phone.

I say hello and she begins her torturous wail; “you have not turned in an assignment in 7 days”.

I dully nod and apologize. I feel her smirk radiating off my phone.

She asks me if I need help, when she knows the answer will be no.

Loose promises to complete assignments are made, glares from my parents continue.

We finish with small talk, despite the fact we don’t really care.

The cycle repeats itself next week.

*Wrote this poem for English Class.

“Kill the Messenger” Reveals the Dark Side of Investigative Journalism


Kill the Messenger


Release Date: October 10, 2014
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Paz Vega, Rosemarie DeWitt, Michael Sheen, Ray Liotta, Michael K. Willians, Oliver Platt
Director: Michael Cuesta
Studio: Bluegrass Films, The Combine
Distributor: Focus Features
Genre(s): Political Thriller / Drama
Based On Dark Alliance

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Review Spoilers: Moderate
IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes | Wikipedia 

After a title card bleakly declares that we signed up for a film based on an all-too true story from 1996, Kill the Messenger starts by force-feeding the audience with a rapid-fire stream of muckraking newsreels and televised political speeches linking the United States’ “War on Drugs” with the Contra War for democracy in Nicaragua. Drugs, a foreign war, the media circus and the United States government mix together like a bitter, but familiar, iceless drink. We expect some mad corruption and conspiracies to go down, and a crusading hero handsomely…

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Supposed Pokemon Omega Ruby And Alpha Sapphire Info Leaks Onto The Web

My Nintendo News

With the impending release of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire just around the corner it appears as though the leaks have started coming through. The information posted below should be taken with a grain of salt at the moment, but it does sound plausible.

  • The demo is coming to America
  • Mega Lunatone and Solrock with feature in the demo, and you receive one Megastone depending on the demo you get
  • Mega Flygon and Jirachi are programmed in
  • There are lots more megas that the leaker can not confirm just yet as they don’t know 100%
  • New Trick House is amazing
  • Mega Milotic is a high-chance, with Water/Fairy and increased SpDef
  • Shiftry, Ludicolo, Butterfree, Zangoose, Seviper, some more gen 5, Raticate, Torkoal, Slaking, Exploud, Tropius, Azumarill, Ninetales and Mightyena were all talked about as possible Megas sometime during development and may be in
  • Luxray, Arcanine, Farfetch’d, Dragonite, Eelekross, Luvdisc, Linoone, Cincinno…

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Fantasy Life UK Review

If only Christmas could come faster..

My Nintendo News

A dozen lives to lead in a visually stunning world awaits players in Fantasy Life. But while its union between life simulation and RPG is a marriage made in Reveria for some, others may find the simple storyline diminutive and the variation between jobs a little thin.

From the developers behind the logic-prevailing world of Professor Layton and the sports-filled space of Inazuma Eleven, Level-5 brings the previously Japan-only title Fantasy Life to western players for the first time. In a text-rich environment, players can choose up to twelve lives in the vast land of Reveria and exude their prowess in weaponry and magic battles, crafting or healing. But just like reality, it takes time to master your new life as Hunter, Magician, Blacksmith, or Tailor, as well as the other eight lives available in the game, so players will never find themselves at a loss for new objectives.

fantasy_life_art Which…

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Legendary Pokemon Rayquaza Can Mega Evolve in Pokemon Omega Ruby And Sapphire

My Nintendo News

Today the mysteries of Mega Evolution deepened when The Pokémon Company International revealed that Rayquaza, the third Legendary Pokémon of the Hoenn region, can Mega Evolve in the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video games! Rayquaza is an incredibly powerful Dragon- and Flying-type Pokémon, standing equal to Legendary Pokémon Groudon and Kyogre. A brand new trailer of Mega Rayquaza in battle was released today from The Pokémon Company International.

In battle, Mega Rayquaza’s skills are sure to wreak havoc on an opponent’s strategy with its Delta Stream Ability. Powerful moves like Rain Dance, Sunny Day, Sandstorm, and Hail will fail in the face of strong winds whipped up by Mega Rayquaza, whilst Abilities like Drizzle, Drought, Sand Stream, and Snow Warning will not even activate. In addition, moves of a type to which Flying-type Pokémon are usually susceptible will only deal normal damage.

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New Theme: Intergalactic

The Blog

We have a brand new free theme for your blogging pleasure today!


Intergalactic Theme

Designed by Automattic’s very own Mel Choyce, Intergalactic is a stunning specimen for your personal blog. Bold featured images act as the backdrop to your text, giving you a high-contrast, readable theme that’s perfect for making your content pop. The one-column layout provides a distraction-free environment for reading, while the slide-out menu keeps your navigation and secondary content readily accessible.

In Mel’s own words…

Intergalactic was inspired by long-form storytelling sites like Exposure and Medium. I wanted to design a theme that focused heavily on showcasing your stories, images, and videos, and could flex its content to many different use-cases. I also wanted everything to be big — as big as the Beastie Boys (who inspired the name). It was great working with Caroline to bring Intergalactic to life.

Learn more about the free

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